Our company stocks “food grade” lubricants, which allows “incidental contact” with food being produced. Can we use these lubricants during manufacturing?

Although food grade lubricants are used during production, they also are classified as a potential “adulterant” – and therefore prohibited from use — under the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), which govern the FDA’s regulations. Therefore, to exercise caution, it is recommended that food grade lubricants (and all MRO chemicals) be used only when product is not present and/or the manufacturing line is stopped.